July 2016

Columbia Beijing Week

Columbia Beijing Week (June 14-19), organized by Columbia Global Center | Beijing, highlighted Columbia’s eminent professors and senior academic leadership, who were joined by renowned international and Chinese scholars, artists, film directors, critics and writers. The events were well attended by Columbia alumni, students, parents, and members of the media.

What is Singing?-Guqin performance by Wu Na 

On June 14, more than 150 people gathered at the Beijing Global Center (despite the rain!) for the Guqin Performance by Wu Na. This was the first time Huan Qing, one of the pioneer musicians in China, and Wu Na performed together. The 90-minute performance featured musical interpretations of the instant changes of birth or death, people’s desire for freedom, equality, and peace and joy in life. The performance was very well received by the audience.

Art Exhibition: Pixel Analysis, and reception

On June 17, James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College, made an opening remark at the reception of an art exhibition "Pixel Analysis." Columbia Beijing Week served as an occasion to highlight renowned Columbia professors Lydia H. Liu (刘禾), curator of the art exhibition and Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, as well as international and Chinese artists and scholars, such as Xu Bing (徐冰), world renowned artist, and Wang Hui, Tsinghua University professor. China Daily called the the art exhibition “pushing the boundary of visual art.”

The Seen and Unseen: New Directions of Documentary Cinema

From June 14 to 19, Columbia Beijing Week also presented a series of panels and film screenings based around "The Seen and Unseen: New Directions of Documentary Cinema," featuring Chinese filmmakers, directors, and critics. Professor Richard Peña also led a conversation with Jia Zhangke as part of the program. Over 1,000 people signed up in total. AP reporter Louise Watt published her interview with Jia Zhangke about two decades of Chinese independent cinema, which was picked up by the New York Times and other top Chinese media. The program was co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.
Panel one: "Being in the World: Sensuous Experience and Ethnographic Filmmaking," and Panel two: "Reckoning with Power: The Documentary and Politics," chaired by Richard Peña, Professor of Film at Columbia’s School of the Arts, and Ying Qian, Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia.
Panel three: "Filming History and Memory", chaired by Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia.

G20 Energy Workshops in Bejing  

On the occasion of June’s 2016 G-20 Energy Ministerial Meeting, the Beijing Global Center worked with the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to organize a high-level workshop entitled “Financing Challenge for Solar Power” on June 28. The workshop was hosted in partnership with three other partners: the China CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) Fund under the Ministry of Finance, the Energy Development Research Center of the China Investment Association, and the New Era Renewable Energy Alliance. About 60 industry leaders and researchers from think-tanks and investment institutions from across the value chain of solar finance attended the workshop.

On June 30, the Beijing Global Center also worked with the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy to host the inaugural meeting of the US-CHINA Energy Program Advisory Board. During the meeting, participants from China and abroad expressed their excitement about the opportunities ahead for the US-China Program, and shared insights about how to turn those opportunities into action.

On July 1, the Beijing Center worked with the Center on Global Energy Policy to organize a high-level workshop on the “Chinese Medium-and Long Term Oil Demand Outlook,” in partnership with the Energy Research Institute under the China National Development and Reform Committee, as well as the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Energy Technology & Research Institute. More than 50 high-level government officials, sector specialists, and international experts attended the workshop. 

TCSOL Open House in Beijing

On May 21, the Beijing Center worked with the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) at Columbia’s Teachers College to provide an open house for two certificate programs: TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate Program and TCSOL / TESOL (Teachers of Chinese/English to Speakers of Other Languages) Summer Dual Certificate Program. Professor Lening Liu, from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the Chinese Language Program at Columbia University, introduced the programs and answered questions. 

Woman and City: A Conversation with Wang Anyi

On March 21, in collaboration with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Beijing Center co-hosted a public lecture on “Woman and City: A Conversation with Wang Anyi” at Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia University. The sold-out event featured acclaimed author Wang Anyi in conversation with Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, and Eugenia Lean, Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Associate Professor of Chinese History. Ms. Wang shared her unique perspective on and deep understanding of woman empowerment and development, and shared a thought-providing conversation with Professors Liu and Lean.

PGIF Project-The changing role of the state in economic growth Roundtable

On March 18, the Beijing Center co-hosted a high-level roundtable conference at Tsinghua University on the “Role of the State in Economic Growth” with Columbia SIPA’s Center on Global Economic Governance, Columbia’s Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and Tsinghua University. Three Nobel Laureates, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Edmund S. Phelps, and A. Michael Spence  gave keynote addresses and participated in the discussion. Other participants included world-renowned scholars and professionals, such as Merit Janow, Jeffrey Sachs, Yingyi Qian, Lan Xue, Martin Feldstein, Kenneth Lieberthal, Peter Jungen, David Li, and Lawrence J. Lau.  

PGIF Project-Graduate Student Workshop on De-Provincializing Soft Power

The Beijing Center, in collaboration with the European Institute at Columbia University and Renmin University, organized an interdisciplinary graduate student workshop on June 16-17, entitled “De-Provincializing Soft Power: Perspectives from China,” as part of a three-year President Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) project led by Victoria de Grazia, Moore Collegiate Professor of History at Columbia University. Yiwei Wang, professor of the School of International Studies at Renmin University, and professionals from China, Brazil, the United States, and other countries joined the discussion and contributed new research and findings. 

Independence Day reception for Student and Alumni 

On July 3, the Beijing Center held an Independence Day reception to provide an opportunity for Columbia faculty, students, and alumni to mingle and celebrate the holiday together. The reception was supported by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Office of Global Programs at Columbia University.

New Columbian Orientation and Welcome Reception

On July 9, the Beijing Center co-hosted an orientation and welcome reception for newly-enrolled students in partnership with the Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CUCSSA) and the Columbia Alumni Association of Beijing. CUCSSA representatives advised the new students on how to prepare for their arrival at Columbia, updated on campus news, and gave a quick primer on NYC and the area around campus. Some senior alumni also shared their insights on how to make the most out of life at Columbia, and the new students later met in groups with alumni mentors for in-depth discussions. One student remarked, “I am very grateful to you for organizing this event. The small group discussions with our alumni mentors helped answer many questions. And I was also able to make a lot of friends.”

Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) and Columbia University Global Opportunities (CU-GO) Orientation and Mixer

On June 15, the Beijing Center held a Beijing In-Country Orientation and Mixer event for students who have their local internships through the CEO and CU-GO programs, sponsored by the Center for Career Education (CCE). Students, their alumni mentors, and their employers joined the event, shared useful information about living in Beijing, and networked. 

GYM Student Workshop

On April 6, the Beijing Center held another Graduate Students and Young Scholars Meeting (GYM) Workshop and Happy Hour, co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. During the workshop, two Ph.D. students (H. Seung Cho, Ph.D. student in political science at Columbia and Allison Bernard, Ph.D. student in premodern Chinese literature at Columbia) shared their current research topics and findings. The workshop was moderated by John Chen, Ph.D. student in history at Columbia University. More than 50 participants attended the workshop, the majority of which were Ph.D. candidates and graduate students from China and abroad (the USA, Germany, UK, etc.).
  • Upcoming Events

Beijing Energy Week

On July 16-17, the Beijing Center will support the 2016 Beijing Energy and Sustainability Week by bringing together leaders from around the world to network and debate the energy and sustainable development agendas.

Nansong Huang Piano Recital

On July 21, the Beijing Center will host a piano recital by Nansong Huang, a talented Columbia University and Juilliard School pianist. 

Happy Hour for Students and Faculty of Teachers College

On June 22, the Beijing Center will hold a Happy Hour for students and faculty from Columbia’s Teachers College. 
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